Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs (Statins)
According to the American Heart Association, statins, including atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin, and simvastatin are frequently used to treat high cholesterol. They block the action of a liver enzyme which plays a role in producing cholesterol. Muscle pain and cognitive issues are common side effects, but joint pain can occur as well.
Lipitor is a common prescription medication that is used to lower cholesterol levels. It's generic name is atorvastatin calcium. In clinical studies it was found that 5.1 percent of patients experienced this side effect. Other common side effects include headache, muscle pain, back pain, constipation, diarrhea, weakness, trouble sleeping, and lack of appetite. Other popular statins include Mevacor, Zocor, Pravachol, Lescol, and Crestor.